Mar. 10, 1997
60 min.
UPN TV Network

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Buffy Summers. For five years Buffy slayed vampires on the WB, then for her last two seasons she went to UPN.

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Michelle Christine Trachtenberg (born October 11, 1985) is a Daytime Emmy and Saturn Award nominated ...

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Dawn Summers is first introduced as Buffy's little sister at the end of Buffy season five premiere "Buffy vs. Dracula", despite Buffy having been previously established as an only child. Initially, the mystery of Dawn's sudden existence is not acknowledged in the series, with the other characters accepting her as a part of the status quo. Four episodes later Buffy discovers Dawn is in fact a mystical object known as the Key; a group of monks transformed the Key into human form and sent it to the Slayer for protection from the villainous Glory (Clare Kramer).

The memories of Dawn and the other characters were altered so they believed her to have always been Buffy's sister. When Dawn learns of her origin, she resorts to self-harm and runs away from home, until Buffy assures her they are real sisters no matter what. Dawn then suffers more pain when her mother (Kristine Sutherland) dies unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm, which leads to Dawn resorting to black magic to bring her back from the grave. It is eventually revealed Dawn's purpose as the Key is to open portals to alternate dimensions, a power the hell-god Glory wishes to exploit to return home. When Glory successfully uses Dawn's blood to break down the dimensional barriers, Buffy sacrifices her own life to end the apocalypse and save Dawn.

Season six (2001–2002) sees Dawn struggle with abandonment issues, as well as her escalating kleptomania. Having been devastated by her sister's death, Dawn is overjoyed when Willow (Alyson Hannigan) casts a spell to bring her back to life. She later experiences her first kiss with a vampire named Justin, whom she is reluctantly forced to stake (her first vampire kill) when he tries to turn her. Dawn's isolation from the other characters reaches its apex when she inadvertently makes a wish to the vengeance demon Halfrek (Kali Rocha) which results in them becoming temporarily trapped inside the Summers house. While helping Buffy battle demons in the season finale, Dawn proves herself to be capable in a fight, finally earning her sister's respect. In season seven (2002–2003), Dawn becomes more grown-up and a fully-fledged member of the "Scooby Gang". Falling victim to a love spell in the episode "Him", she displays dangerous behavior such as attacking people and trying to commit suicide to prove her "love" for classmate RJ Brooks. While home alone one night, Dawn is forced to perform a solo exorcism to protect what she believes to be her mother from a demon. After wrongly believing herself to be a Potential Slayer, Xander (Nicholas Brendon) explains to Dawn being normal is perhaps the hardest burden of all, as nobody understands the pain of being overlooked – as he had been in Dawn's shoes once. When Buffy tricks her into leaving town before the impending apocalypse, Dawn adamantly returns to fight against the First, during which she battles alongside Xander and once again proves her worth by killing 4 Ubervamps (3 by sunlight, one using a sword to save Xander) and survives. Dawn was originally intended to appear in the Angel episode "The Girl in Question." However, Michelle Trachtenberg was unavailable for filming, so the character of Andrew Wells, played by Tom Lenk, replaced her.

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